Alberta starts its AINP as of 27, January, 2016 in three streams:
Employer Driven Stream
The AINP Employer-Driven Stream is for:
Alberta Employers who want to retain a foreign worker (Candidate) on a permanent, full-time basis where there is a challenge finding Albertans/Canadians to fill the position.
Candidates (foreign workers) with a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer who intend to live and work in Alberta permanently.
The AINP is a program for permanent residence. AINP nominations will not be issued for the purpose of obtaining temporary work permit extensions. See the FAQ section for more information.
Am I eligible?
In this stream, the Alberta Employer must make a permanent, full-time job offer to a Candidate under one of three categories.
Skilled Worker Category
For Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B).
International Graduate Category
For Candidates who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a NOC skill-level 0, A, B or C occupation.
Semi-Skilled Worker Category
For Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) that is eligible under the AINP. Only certain occupations are eligible.
Who is not eligible?
Review the criteria for each Employer-Driven Stream category to find out if your occupation is eligible.
The following are not eligible under the AINP Employer-Driven Stream:
Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process. It is not the mandate of the AINP to intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.
Live-in caregivers currently living in Canada
Temporary Foreign Workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta.
International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program
Strategic Recruitment Stream
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Source: Alberta AINP website